Date : 17/05/2021 Time: 1700 Hrs

As Cyclonic Storm ‘TAUKTAE’ intensified into an ‘extremely severe cyclonic storm’, around 69 self-contained rescue & relief teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed and 10 Teams are on alert stand by within the states for the cyclone affected coastal districts of Daman & Diu, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu & Kerala. NDRF teams are 24*7 relentlessly engaged with the State & District administration in evacuating people to safer places or cyclone shelters and carrying out relief and restoration work. All teams are working in close coordination with the local administration.
About 44 NDRF teams are deployed in the state of Gujarat where the landfall of the cyclone is anticipated between Porbandar and Mahuva (Distt- Bhavnagar) during the night of 17th May.

Besides 10 teams in Maharashtra, 09 teams in Kerala, 08 teams in Tamil Nadu, 03 teams in Karnataka, 03 teams in Daman & Diu, 01 team in Dadra Nagar & Haveli and 01 team in Goa have been deployed in the coastal districts of the states/UTs. To meet any contingency 22 Teams are also kept as additional reserve which may be deployed as per State’s demand and requirement.

In the last 03 days, NDRF have evacuated thousands of stranded people to safer place in Gujarat, Kerala and Daman & Diu and assisting district administration in mass evacuation of the people from coast line. Teams are continuously cutting and clearing heavy fallen trees & uprooted electric poles fallen on road sides in order to maintain the lifelines caused by devastating wind and heavy rains. Extensive efforts are being made to bring the situation to normal in the affected states. All NDRF personnel are strictly following the COVID guidelines in handling this dual challenge with utmost professionalism.

DG NDRF said that responding to the cyclone in the current COVID-19 scenario is a big challenge and need high level of expertise and discipline. He assures that NDRF is prepared for the worst although it hopes for the best. HQ NDRF is closely monitoring the situation through its 24*7 control room and is in close touch with state authorities.

Issued By : PR Cell, NDRF HQ